The prototype version of Z5 spied revealed certain cues about the brand’s tag it would carry at the time of its release. The point we want to make here is that the car’s front kidney-shaped grille makes it pretty obvious that it is the German version of the car made out of the efforts put in by both the brands.
From the spy shots, it can be concluded that the Z5 would only feature a soft top instead of the electronic retractable hard top. While, chances of the Toyota version to feature a hard top are on a higher side. According to the partnership deal, the Japanese automaker will contribute with electronics and hybrid powertrain system while the Germans will come in with engines and transmission systems. However, there isn’t any official word about the engine options Z5 would have but rumours suggest that it will have a plenty of them.
Under its skin, the Z5 will adopt a rear-wheel drive platform that comes courtesy of a BMW-Toyota joint development. Said platform will also be used in Toyota’s new sports car, which is said to revive the ‘Supra’ nameplate, although that remains a rumour for now.
For power, BMW’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder and 3.0 litre six-cylinder are likely options, while an M version of the Z5 could benefit from the M4’s 425 hp twin-turbo straight-six unit. A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox are possibly transmission choices as well.